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As a young football-crazy boy, Kutlo Robben Thobega always dreamt of playing football in Brazil.
Botswana’s Under 17 international will soon be living his dream after agreeing terms with Lariosport Academy in Brazil.
The 16-year-old’s Visa was approved last Friday and he will leave the country this Sunday to join other talented young aspiring footballers for a year.
The Mogonye born Thobega started playing football at a tender age, with the inspiration from his uncles, including the late Botswana international Donald ‘Boboza’ Thobega.
Speaking to Voice Sport this week, the skillful midfielder said his stint at Lariosport will give the exposure he needs to find potential clubs abroad.
“I received a scholarship to study Electronics and Communication Engineering in Cyprus, but I decided to follow my dreams of becoming a professional footballer,” Thobega explained, his eyes lighting up at the thought of what awaits him in South America.
“It was not an easy decision to make but through the advice I got from people who care for me, I decided to take this route,” he added.
Thobega hailed Young Boys FC coach Tlotlo Mabua who he credits for playing a major role in developing him into the player he is today.
“My parents have given me so much support; they are paying for my training and other expenses,” revealed Thobega, adding his plan is to pursue his football career whilst studying part time.
Thobega’s ultimate ambition is to see himself playing for Barcelona or Chelsea.
“I know it won’t be easy, but it is possible because I have the ability to do it,” he added confidently.
In an interview with Voice Sport, Thobega’s Manager, Monty Gagomokgwa said he moved mountains to secure space for the player at the academy.
“They required the player’s profile and videos from his national team games which we didn’t have. Thobega is an exceptional player and with proper development, he could easily become this country’s brightest football asset,” said Gagomokgwa.